Apple has reportedly selected a location for its first official retail store in India, according to The Economic Times who claim Apple will open a three-floor store in Mumbai’s Maker Maxity mall, located in the Bandra Kurla Complex.
The flagship store is expected to occupy between 20,000 to 25,000 square feet, with Apple rumored to be gearing up for a September 2020 opening, in time for next year’s iPhone release, with construction of the store expected to take between eight months and a year.
Today’s report comes following earlier claims that Tim Cook is personally leading an effort to “remold Apple’s failing India strategy”, with the addition of improved Apple Maps and enhanced Siri launching in the coming years.
In late August, India scrapped its government rules that required companies to source 30% of production locally, lifting the roadblock that had widely been believed to be the cause of Apple’s lack of official retail locations in the country. At the time, Apple expressed its enthusiasm for the new opportunity, noting that “It will take us some time to get our plans under way, and we’ll have more to announce at a future date.”
In addition to Mumbai, Apple has been rumored to be considering additional locations in New Delhi and Bengaluru.